So after a wet and blustery day on Wednesday 4th June, the eleven of us who ventured out to brave the elements were more then happy to find the skies clearing and the sun coming out just as we launched at a new spot on the River Chelmer, about a kilometre upriver from our usual spot at Paper Mill Lock.
With an easy launch off a low grassy bank we started our journey into the wind, and paddled a couple of locks up to our turning point – on this occasion just within sight of the A12, as we wanted to get back to the vans to comfortably pack up and make the pub before they stopped serving dinner! Suitably motivated, we charged back with the wind behind us, making the total paddle about an hour and a half. It was good to see Jim fearlessly practising his step-back turns this week, although he’ll have to work super-hard to compete with step-back Stu who made a welcome return to SUP Club after his winter gym sabbatical! And congratulations to Claire on her glorious return to SUP Club, having won the 2-mile race at the Battle of the Thames last month.
To round off our beautiful sunny paddle, we all headed to The Generals Arms pub in Little Baddow for a well-earnt pint, a lovely meal, and plenty of post-paddle chat….
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If you’re interested in joining a Wednesday night SUP Club, all we ask is that you have some paddling experience (if not, check out our SUP Lessons) – we call Wednesday SUP Club on the day on our Facebook page and Wet’n’Dry SUP calendar, location depending on weather and tide conditions. If you have your own kit, just turn up and you’ll be very welcome. If not, we do offer limited SUP hire for £25. For more information just give us a call on 01268 569988